CAROL ELLIS has been involved in training horses for over 30 years. She has trained hundreds of horses for numerous purposes from barrel racing, to showing, to general family use. Her years of experience have enabled her to perfect a comprehensive, step- by-step training program that produces solid, gentle, quiet, well trained barrel horses.
CAROL'S training philosophy is simple-get the horse as well trained as possible before it ever sees the barrel pattern. This is what will separate the "average" horse from the "super stars". Solid training will allow the horse to understand what it is you are asking them to do (run as hard as they can and stop and turn three times!) and will encourage them to be willing to continue doing it as a lifetime career.
CAROL has been featured in several national publications.
In July 2008, The Appaloosa Journal featured Carol in an informative article "TOP TEN DO'S AND DON'TS IN BARREL RACING".
Horses Incorporated, the Northwest's premier sport horse magazine, featured Carol in the August 2007 edition with the article "Choosing The Right Trainer", revised from the feature article in the January 2007 Appaloosa Journal.
In January 2007 Carol was published in the Appaloosa Journal with the article "Choosing a Trainer". The September 2006 edition of the national publication Barrel Horse News featured Carol in the article titled "Round Pen Training For The Barrel Horse" and in the October 2006 edition of the Barrel Horse News featured "Perfect PracticeŚCadenceŚThe Timing Element of Barrel Racing". In the October 2005 issue of the same publication, she was featured in an article entitled "Draw Rein Training for the Barrel Horse". In January and February of 2005 the Barrel Horse News featured Carol in a two-part article on saddle fit for the horse and rider.
In June 2007 the article "Perfect Practice---Cadence--the timing Element of Barrel Racing" was honored by American Horse Publications by being awarded third place for material published in 2006 in the category of Instructional Single Article. The award describes the article as "wonderfully descriptive" and says that it "demonstrates how you can paint pictures and process with words, even if the process is unfamiliar to many readers".
In 2005 Carol had a series of articles published in The Maverick Press, entitled "Getting Into Barrel Racing". In the fall of 2005 the same series was reprinted in the Southwest Edition of Today's Horse Trader which circulates in the United States and Canada. Also, in 2005 The Maverick Press featured Carol in a series of articles on training and competing in Pole Bending.
In February 2003 Carol was the featured trainer of the month at The Judge's Choice
Carol was honored in 2006 to be pictured in the book "Pole Bending" written by Matthew Broyles and published by Rosen Publishing Group (© 2006).
She was previously a contributing writer for the former Turn Magazine and The Barrel Racer News.
Click here to view Testimonials from some of Carol's clients.
Among Carol's numerous accomplishments are:
2012 Winter Series Award Winner Mile Hi Barrel Horse
There is usually a waiting list of 30-60 days for training. The current cost of training is $750 per month. The fee includes everything (training, board, etc.) except any vet bills and/or shoeing the horse may require while at the facility.
For more specific information about training CONTACT CAROL by clicking on "Contact Us".